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RE: Installation problems with 'latex geometry.ins' and format file

From: Alistair Matthew
Subject: RE: Installation problems with 'latex geometry.ins' and format file
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 13:02:17 +1300

Thanks for the pointer Mats, but still no luck.

What I have done now is try re-insatlling MikTeX from scratch - I have tried
it with a local texmf path and once without. It makes now difference either
way. The

Latex sample2e

Command gives the following (Sorry about the long post, but I thought I'd
best include the full list as the clue may be in here)

This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (MiKTeX 1.20e)
tex.exe --ini --c-style latex.ltx \dump
This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (MiKTeX 1.20e) (INITEX)
(C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\latex.ltx (C:\texmf\tex\latex\config\texsys.cfg)
./texsys.aux found

address@hidden set to: ./.

Assuming \openin and \input
have the same search path.

Defining UNIX/DOS style filename parser.

catcodes, registers, compatibility for TeX 2,  parameters,

! You are attempting to make a LaTeX format from a source file
! That is more than one year old.
! If you enter <return> to scroll past this message then the format
! will be built, but please consider obtaining newer source files
! before continuing to build LaTeX.
! LaTeX is re-issued every 6 months, in June and December.

C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\latex.ltx:526: LaTeX source files more than 1 year

LaTeX2e <1999/06/01>
hacks, control, par, spacing, files, font encodings, lengths,

Local config file fonttext.cfg used

=== Don't modify this file, use a .cfg file instead ===

(C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\omlenc.def) (C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\t1enc.def)
(C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\ot1enc.def) (C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\omsenc.def)
(C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\t1cmr.fd) (C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\ot1cmr.fd)
(C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\ot1cmss.fd) (C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\ot1cmtt.fd)))

Local config file fontmath.cfg used

=== Don't modify this file, use a .cfg file instead ===

(C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\omlcmm.fd) (C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\omscmsy.fd)
(C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\omxcmex.fd) (C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\ucmr.fd)))
(C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\preload.ltx) page nos., x-ref, environments,
verbatim, math definitions, boxes, title, sectioning, contents, floats,
footnotes, index, bibliography, output,
Local configuration file hyphen.cfg used
) (C:\texmf\tex\generic\hyphen\frhyph.tex
frhyph.tex - french hyphenation patterns (V2.6) <99/07/02>)
German Traditional Hyphenation Patterns `dehypht' Version 3.2a <1999/03/03>
(Formerly known under the name `ghyph31' and `ghyphen'.))
German New Hyphenation Patterns `dehyphn' Rev.28 <1999-03-08> (WaS)
(Formerly known under the name `gnhyph01'.))
Applying patch file ltpatch.ltx

ltpatch.ltx has fixed certain problems with the `kernel' of LaTeX.

See the file patches.txt for more details.
LaTeX2e <1999/06/01> patch level 1
Babel <v3.6z> and hyphenation patterns for american, french, german,
ngerman, n
ohyphenation, loaded.

Beginning to dump on file latex.fmt
 (preloaded format=latex 2000.12.12)
4169 strings of total length 52366
43122 memory locations dumped; current usage is 144&41200
3015 multiletter control sequences
3633 words of font info for 14 preloaded fonts
14 hyphenation exceptions
Hyphenation trie of length 23164 has 709 ops out of 2048
  235 for language 3
  207 for language 2
  86 for language 1
  181 for language 0
No pages of output.
Transcript written on latex.log.
I can't find the default format file!
INITEXMF: tex.exe failed on latex

Note that the format file is not found.

Trying the reconfigure from the start Menu made no difference and neither
did the "create latex format file" or even the "create all format files"

Create latex format file gives "INITEXMF: etex.exe failed on latex", as does
the "create all" option.

Has anyone successfully used MikTeX 1.20e - if so - any ideas where I have
gone wrong?

Any help appreciated.


Al MAtthew

-----Original Message-----
From:   Mats Bengtsson [mailto:address@hidden
Sent:   Monday, 11 December 2000 22:22
To:     Alistair Matthew
Cc:     address@hidden
Subject:        Re: Installation problems with 'latex geometry.ins' and format 

It looks as if your TeX installation (MikTeX?) isn't done correctly.
The latex format file is called latex.fmt and should be located
somewhere below the texmf\ directory. Anyway, I think there's a
menu item in the start menu to reconfigure MikTeX.
You can test that latex works correctly with
>>latex sample2e
in a DOS window.


> I have now downloaded and installed the latest Windows version of lilypond
> from the NT/95 pages. I.E 1.3.46
> Following the instruction there I need to download and unzip the geometry
> package. I have done this. When I run
> 'Latex Geometry.ins' I see various messages flash past from latex then
> .
> .
> .
> Transcript written on latex.log.
> INITEXMF: tex.exe failed on latex
> I can't find the default format file!
> If I carry on and run thru the angels demo stuff I get the same error
> message plus some extra lines from the ly2dvi script
> .
> .
> .
> Transcript written on latex.log.
> INITEXMF: tex.exe failed on latex
> I can't find the default format file!
> Traceback (innermost last):
>   File "C:\lilypond\bin\", line 1170, in ?
>     main()
>   File "C:\lilypond\bin\", line 1131, in main
>     outfile.end()
>   File "C:\lilypond\bin\", line 361, in end
>     os.rename(this.__tmpbase + '.dvi', outfile)
> OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
> The Midi file is created, but no dvi. I think the error must be in the way
> have installed latex - but I can not see where. I have gone back thru the
> archives of this list and can not find the exact situation I am in
> described.
> If I do a 'tex angels.tex' command after the script fails I get a dvi file
> with the music displayed, but no other details, so tex seems to be
> Does anyone know which file latex is referring to when it talks about the
> 'default format file' Also can anyone tell me where to look for the
> latex.log file referred to. I can't find it anywhere and there may be
> something in it that may help me track this down.
> Thanks in advance if anyone can shed some light of this.
> Al Matthew
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